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Heart Institute

UW Medicine Heart Institute provides a full range of cardiac care - from acute inpatient through outpatient clinic and diagnostic care - at hospital and clinic locations around the region. Our multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, and other highly-trained clinicians is internationally recognized for their expertise in treating coronary artery disease, heart rhythm disturbances such as atrial fibrillation, heart failure and adult congenital heart disease. We’re also adept at performing advanced procedures and complex surgeries, including heart transplantation, ablations and percutaneous heart valve replacement.

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Younger People Can Suffer From Heart Failure Too


Younger People Can Suffer From Heart Failure Too

Dr. Claudius Mahr, a cardiologist with UW Medicine's Heart Institute, explains heart failure is a growing, all too common issue that affects people of all ages.

3D Printing and Virtual Planning for Clinical Care Innovation


3D Printing and Virtual Planning for Clinical Care Innovation

Can we leverage imaging and modern 3D printing to improve the delivery of patient care and innovate newer approaches to that care?

The ISCHEMIA Trials


The ISCHEMIA Trials

Should the ISCHEMIA Trials change how we care for patients with stable ischemic heart disease?

An Atomic View of the Trigger for the Heartbeat


An Atomic View of the Trigger for the Heartbeat

Structural studies of sodium channels are disclosing details about how they power heartbeats and respond to heart rhythm drugs.


Younger People Can Suffer From Heart Failure Too: Dr. Claudius Mahr, a cardiologist with UW Medicine's Heart Institute, explains heart failure is a growing, all too common issue that affects people of all ages.

How To Grow Your Heart Transplant Program in 2019: Vidang Nguyen, MD, explains how to deveolope and expand a heart transplant program. This lecture will discuss the importance of early patient referral for advanced heart failure therapy, how to bridge your patient to transplantation, regional ...

Integrating Mitral Valve Interventions Into Heart Failure Treatment - Why COAPT Changes How We Approach a ‘Ventricular’ Problem: Don Creighton, MD, presents on functional and secondary mitral regurgitation and how it affects approach to treating heart failure.

Hot Topics in Advanced Heart Failure and Mechanical Circulatory Support: Claudius Mahr, DO, FACC, FESC, provides insights into advanced heart failure and mechanical circulatory support by discussing the 2018 UNIOS heart allocation system, centrifugal VAD physiology and RV failure, anticoagulation and blood ...

The Heart Failure Continuum: An Overview of Contemporary Practice: Claudius Mahr, DO, gives an overview of acute heart failure and the risk stratification in chronic heart failure. Dr. Mahr also discusses new therapeutic options available today.

Aldosterone Receptor Inhibitors: Effective and Forgotten: Todd Dardas, MD, MS talks about the effectiveness of Aldosterone Receptor Inhibitors and how to identify potential complications and adverse effects of Aldosterone Receptor Blockade.

Clinical Applications of Beta Blocker Therapy: Claudius Mahr, FACC, FESC, outlines clinical applications of beta blocker therapy and discusses drug selection and heart failure risk stratification.

Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors: Todd Dardas, MD, MS, explains how to identify Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors for use in Stage B-D heart failure.

Diuretics and Decongestion: Kevin Douglas O'Brein, MD, FAHA, describes why patients with heart failure can have large differences in central venous pressure (CVP) and pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP).

Staging and Prognosis of Heart Failure: Jennifer Beckman, MSN, ARNP, CHFN, describes the stages of heart failure and how to identify advanced heart failure patients and when to refer for advanced treatment options.

Heart Failure: Identifying the Syndrome and Burden of Disease: Todd Dardas, MD, MS, defines factors that contribute to the prevalence of heart failure, identifies modifiable risk factors that are most responsible for reducing prevalence of heart failure.

Update on Pacemakers and ICDs: Leaded and Unleaded : Jordan Pruktin, MD, reviews the basics of how cardiac devices work and how to recognize who are good candidates for leadless pacers and subcutaneous ICDs.

Internal Cardioverter Defibrillators: Issues of Over and Under Utilization : Todd Dardas, MD, MS, an attending physician in heart failure transplant cardiology at the University of Washington Medical Center, discusses the role of symptoms in ICD implant determination.

Detecting and Evaluating Cognitive Impairment in Heart Failure Patients: Tatiana Sadak, PhD, PMHNP, ARNP, Associate Professor of Geriatric Mental Health at the Nursing University of Washington School of Nursing, describes the prevalence and patterns of cognitive impairment in heart failure patients.

Preventing Heart Failure Admissions: Invasive Hemodynamic Monitoring : Gregory Wood, MD, MS, reviews the indications for CardioMEMS implantation, the basic principles for medication adjustment when managing a patient by PA pressure and describes the phases of management of a CardioMEMS patient.

Approach to Atrial Fibrillation in Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction: Jordan Prutkin, MD, MHS, covers assessing the impact of AF on heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, the application of anticoagulation management and identifying when to use rate and rhythm management options.

The Impact of Diabetes in Heart Failure: Kevin D. O’Brien, MD, FAHA, discusses the relationship of diabetes and its complications for increased risk for heart failure.

Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy: How Does It Work and For Whom?: Nazem Akoum, MD, gives a lecture on how the electrical mechanical association works in within the heart.

Updates on Echocardiography in Heart Failure: James N. Kirkpatrick, MD, provides an update on echocardiography and heart failure.

Younger People Can Suffer From Heart Failure Too: Dr. Claudius Mahr, a cardiologist with UW Medicine's Heart Institute, explains heart failure is a growing, all too common issue that affects people of all ages.

3D Printing and Virtual Planning for Clinical Care Innovation: Can we leverage imaging and modern 3D printing to improve the delivery of patient care and innovate newer approaches to that care?

The ISCHEMIA Trials: Should the ISCHEMIA Trials change how we care for patients with stable ischemic heart disease?

Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction: UW Medicine Heart Institute cardiologist Stephen Farris, MD, presents on the pathophysiology of the syndrome, insights from trials and potential therapies which have been shown to improve outcomes in this more difficult-to-treat form of heart failure.

Outcome Disparities in Young Women with Acute MI: Katie Dawson, MD and Cardiology Fellow, discusses disease prevalence and mortality trends, clinical features which may explain rising disease prevalence, aspects of care which place young women at higher risk and areas to focus on to improve outcomes.

Brain Protection After Cardiac Arrest: UW Medicine Heart Institute cardiologist Francis Kim, MD, presents on Brain Protection After Cardiac Arrest, covering dose-finding trials, rates of re-arrest and clinical solutions for the metabolic phase.

Unbreaking the Heart - Cardiac Remuscularization in Non-Human Primate Models: In this presentation Billy Chen, MD, discusses a brief history of regenerative biology and stem cells, prior studies in cardiac regeneration, results from non-human primate studies and the limitations of the studies.

Role of Cardiac CT for Evaluation of Stable Coronary Artery Disease: Hans Huang, MD, discusses coronary artery calcium (CAC), coronary CT angiography (CTA) and reviews the importance of imaging.

Tailoring Aortic Valve Treatments to the Patient: James McCabe, director of cardiac catheterization at UW Medical Center, explains how TAVR opens up opportunities to treating aortic stenosis.

Donor Heart Infected with Hepatitis C Saves Man's Life: UW Medical Center's new protocol allows heart-transplant candidates to opt in to be considered for matching donor organs even if the organ is infected with hep C, and then take an eight-week course of medication to clear the virus.

The Emerging Field of Sports Cardiology: Insights & Controversies: The number of individuals engaging in a higher level of exercise and activity has been increasing over the past several decades, including professional & intercollegiate sports and intense recreational activities, such as marathons and ...

Ambulatory PA Pressure Monitoring: Another Tool in the Heart Failure Toolbox: Gregory Wood, MD, explains the increasing burden heart failure has on the health system and how ambulatory pulmonary pressure monitoring helps to solve this problem.

Coordinating an Optimal Referral Experience Through eConsults and Enhanced Referrals: The UW Medicine Experience: John Scott, MD, MSc, and Lisa Chew, MD, MPH, discuss best practices to improve the referral experience.

The American Healthcare System How We Got Here and Where We Are Going: Larry Dean, MD, discusses the economics of healthcare, particularly as it focuses on hospitals and physicians.

I Work, I Work, I Work: Insights from iCOMPARE and Other Resident Burnout Data: Joyce Wipf, MD, shares data from the iCOMPARE trial and on resident burnout.

Combined Antiplatelets and Anticoagulants for Atherosclerosis: Insights from the COMPASS Study: Kelley Branch, MD, MS, and Jeffery Probstfield, MD, provide insight into the COMPASS study, discussing the objectives and primary outcomes, proven effective secondary prevention therapies and conclusions from the study.

The Changing Paradigm of Coronary Artery Disease Treatment from Angiography to Physiology: William Lombardi, MD, discusses treatments for coronary artery disease, including several case studies, best treatment approaches and changes needed in post-graduate training.

Cardiac Pacing: Has Anything Changed in 60 Years?: Jordan M. Prutkin MD, MHS, FHRS, explains how pacemakers have changed over the years and takes a look into the future of these devices.

Clinical Practice Guidelines: Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Zachary Goldberger, MD, MS, discusses the history of ACC/AHA clinical practice guidelines and how they are developed.

Depression Treatment in Heart Failure: Mark Sullivan, MD, discusses the correlation between depression and heart failure.

Cardiac Syncope in 2018: Not for the "Faint" of Heart: Zachary D. Goldberger, MD, MS, discusses the evaluation and management of syncope in this Department of Medicine Grand Rounds presentation.

Update in the Management of Ventricular Arrhythmias: A Focus on Ablation: Melissa Robinson, MD, focuses on Ventricular Tachycardia (VT) and structural heart disease in this Cardiology Grand Rounds presentation.

COMPASS Trial Insights into Aspirin and Rivaroxaban Combined: Jeffrey L. Probstfield, MD, FACP, FACC, FESC, and Kelley Robert Branch MD, MS, discuss "Rivaroxaban With or Without Asprin in Stable Cardiovascular Including Peripheral or Caroid Artery Disease," a UWMC Cardiology Grand Rounds presentation.

Transcriptional Regulation of Cardiac Na+ Channel: Haodong Xu, MD, PhD, discusses current research on the regulation of cardiac sodium channel, performed at the Department of Pathology, UW Medicine.

Psychosocial Concerns in the Care of Adults with Congenital Heart Disease: Jill M. Steiner, MD, discusses the common and under-recognized neurodevelopmental and mental health issues in adults with Congenital Heart Disease.

Update on Lipid Management: Eugene Yang, MD, discusses recognizing high-risk groups, identifying statin-related side effects, managing statin intolerance, non-statin treatments and PCSK9 clinical trials.

Bicuspid Aortic Valves and Big Aortas; What is the Big Fuss?: Andrew Cheng, MD, presents statistics on the bicuspid aortic valves and aortopathy, BAV morphology as a predictor of pathology, prevailing etiologies of aortopathy, and more.

Focused Cardiac Ultrasound: Evolving Teaching with Technology: Shannon McConnaughey, MD, discusses the clinical applications, limits and technical challenges of focused cardiac ultrasound (FoCUS) and provides teaching strategies for complex learning tasks.

The EHR in 2018: Current Status and Future, Locally and Nationally: Thomas Payne, MD, and Paul Sutton, MD, PhD, provide an update on the current status of EHRs, both locally and nationally.

Implementation of Structured Interprofessionalism Beside Rounding in Two Cardiology Units: Kevin O’Brien, MD, Erin Blakeney, PhD, RN, & Susan Pambianco, ARNP, University of Washington Regional Heart Center, Inpatient Change Team, discuss the complexity of caring for patients with heart failure and what practices can help this patient population

Transitions of Care: Discharge & Medication Reconciliation Process: Beatrice Wong, PharmD, BCPS, discusses three factors that can be identified in patients with heart failure that would increase the likelihood of hospital readmission.

Implicit Bias in Health Care: Janice A. Sabin, PhD, MSW, defines implicit bias and how to recognize how implicit bias may be operating in a clinical setting.

Telehealth in the Home: George Demiris PhD, FACMI, provides an overview of the current status and potential of tele-health in supporting home based symptom management.

The Role of the Kidney in Heart Failure: Todd Dardas, MD, MS, discusses the different mechanisms of renal dysfunction in heart failure and different approaches to addressing renal dysfunction.

Remote Pulmonary Pressure Monitoring: Todd Dardas, MD, MS, describes the function of the CardioMems system and discusses the results of the CHAMPION trials.

Heart Failure Transition of Care Programs: Hilary Law, MN, RN, CHFN, Heart Failure Transition Nurse at the University of Washington Medical Center, stresses the importance of transition of care programs.

Evaluation of Stable Coronary Artery Disease: Time for a New Paradigm?: Andrew Harris, MD, covers Coronary CT Angiography and how it should be among the recommended first-line tests for intermediate pre-test probability for Coronary Artery Disease.

Medical Genetics in the Age of Genomics and Precision Medicine: Fuki Hisama, MD, describes the scope of medical genetics in medicine, explaining possible results of genetic tests and the significance of variant interpretation.

Putting It Together: PHARMACOLOGY: Kevin D. O’Brien, MD, FAHA, addresses issues of polypharmacy and costs for patients.

Hidden Issues & Challenges in Managing Heart Failure Patients: Psychosocial Aspect of Care: Alice Chang, LICSW, CCTSW identifies psychosocial factors related to care planning and management of heart failure patients.

Depression in Heart Failure: Part 1: Jean Tang, PhD, PMHNP-BC, APRN, describes shared symptoms between depression and heart failure. Dr. Tang also discusses ways to recognize risk factors for comorbid depression and heart failure.

The Heart Failure Continuum: An Overview of Contemporary Practice: Claudius Mahr, DO, gives an overview of acute heart failure and the risk stratification in chronic heart failure. Dr. Mahr also discusses new therapeutic options available today.

Heart Failure: Identifying the Syndrome and Burden of Disease: Todd Dardas, MD, MS, defines factors that contribute to the prevalence of heart failure, identifies modifiable risk factors that are most responsible for reducing prevalence of heart failure.

Heart Surgery Simulation at the University of Washington: Nahush Mokadam, MD, talks about heart surgery simulation and surgeon training at the University of Washington.

Left Ventricular Assist Devices: When to Consider and What to Expect?: Claudius Mahr, FACC, FESC, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Cardiac Surgery at UW Regional Heart Center leads a panel discussion on when to consider the use of an LVAD and what to expect.

Sexuality and Intimacy in Patients with LVADs and their Partners Uncovering the Undiscussed Facts: Jason Bjelkengren, BSN, RN, CCRN and James N. Kirkpatrick, MD cover patient and partner intimacy in patients with LVADs and a discussion of implications.

The Future of Cardiac Rehabilitation: Alexis L. Beatty, MD discusses innovations in cardiac rehab delivery.

Update on Pacemakers and ICDs: Leaded and Unleaded : Jordan Pruktin, MD, reviews the basics of how cardiac devices work and how to recognize who are good candidates for leadless pacers and subcutaneous ICDs.

Coronary Stenting and the Impact of Report Cards on the Public Health: James McCabe, MD, discusses public reporting transparency and its effects on behavior changes among physicians looking through the lens of coronary artery stenting.

UW Cardiac Team First in World to Perform Novel Heart-Valve Procedure: On July 17, a UW Medicine team performed the first-ever catheter-based surgical laceration to replace a failing artificial aortic valve.

Newer Anticoagulants: Can ACHD Patients Use Them?: Karen Stout, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine in Cardiology and Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatric Cardiology, reviews a variety of new anticoagulant drugs available that are widely used in patients with acquired cardiovascular disease...

Patient Reported Outcome Measures Implications for Engaging Patients: Danielle Lavallee, PharmD, PhD discusses patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and itdentifies callenges and future opportunities for PRO implementation in clinical settings.

Adherence and Medications to Avoid in Heart Failure: Jennifer Beckman, MSN, ARNP, CHFN, discusses general principles related to medication avoidance and adherence specific to the heart failure population.

ISHLT 2017 Annual Meeting: Updates on VADs: Shin Lin, MD, PhD gives an overview on the two basic types of left ventricular assist devices (LVAD).

Heart in a Box Technology: UW Medicine Regional Heart Center is first in the nation to use the “heart in a box” technology in a clinical trial, which enables a beating heart to be transported for use in a transplant surgery.

Transposition of the Great Arteries and the Evolution of Adult Congenital Heart Disease: Karen Stout, MD, discusses the transposition of the great arteries and the evolution of Adult Congenital Heart Disease.

Intersections of Palliative Care and Advanced Heart Failure: James Fausto, MD, FAAHPM explains palliative care in end stage heart failure and reviews treatment options of Dyspnea.

Preventing Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Athletes and Young Adults: David S. Owens, MD, MS, discusses sudden cardiac arrest in young adults and share his experience with diagnosis and treatment.

Beyond the ABCs of ECGs: Zachary D. Goldberger, MD, covers several upper level topics that go beyond the basics of cardiology.

Diastolic Heart Failure: Review and State-of-the-Art: Todd Dardas, MD, MS discusses Diastolic Heart Failure.

Cardio-Oncology: Risks of Cardiovascular Complications in Cancer Survivors: Richard Cheng, MD, gives an overview of the risk of cardiovascular complications in cancer survivors.

3D-Printed Heart Models: Our heart specialists are using 3D printing technology to plan procedures in patients before their procedures.

Image of Northwest Heart Failure Collaborative (NWHFC): Project ECHO Logo

The Northwest Heart Failure Collaborative (NWHFC): Project ECHO is a bimonthly case conference series that aims to improve the care of patients with heart failure by increasing access to continuing education and interdisciplinary case consultations. This unique training program builds on an existing education-practice partnership between UW Medicine and the UW School of Nursing. Grant funding is provided by the Health Services and Research Administration (HRSA).
 

Format: 1-hour, online, case conference, 1st & 3rd Wednesdays @ Noon PDT

Content: The first 15 minutes will include a heart failure education presentation followed by 45 minutes of audience-submitted case presentations with interactive, interdisciplinary discussion

Cost: FREE to participate

Target Audience: Community Providers (MD/DO, ARNP/PA, RN, PharmD, Social Work and Allied Health)

Please REGISTER to receive webinar log-in information and CE/CME credit. Download the NWHFC Participant Packet for instructions and resources on attending the webinars.

Heart Failure Care Guidelines to Improve Management in Primary Care: Alisha Peterson, BSN, RN, CCRN, gives a lecture on the need to improve heart failure management at the community level.

Public Reporting in Heart Failure: Todd Dardas, MD, discusses public reporting on heart failure and the quality of care by patient choice based on accurate, reliable, available information.

Hospital Readmission Reduction Program: Evidence Against Efficacy: Todd Dardas, MD, discusses several treatments for reducing readmission, such as evidence-based medications and disease management programs.

Cardiovascular Outcomes with Novel Hypoglycemics: Kevin O'Brien, MD discusses the epidemiologic association of Type 2 diabetes with Heart Failure.

Transitions of Care: Discharge & Medication Reconciliation Process: Beatrice Wong, PharmD, BCPS, discusses three factors that can be identified in patients with heart failure that would increase the likelihood of hospital readmission.

Heart Failure Transition of Care Programs: Hilary Law, MN, RN, CHFN, Heart Failure Transition Nurse at the University of Washington Medical Center, stresses the importance of transition of care programs.

Implicit Bias in Health Care: Janice A. Sabin, PhD, MSW, defines implicit bias and how to recognize how implicit bias may be operating in a clinical setting.

Remote Pulmonary Pressure Monitoring: Todd Dardas, MD, MS, describes the function of the CardioMems system and discusses the results of the CHAMPION trials.

Telehealth in the Home: George Demiris PhD, FACMI, provides an overview of the current status and potential of tele-health in supporting home based symptom management.

The Role of the Kidney in Heart Failure: Todd Dardas, MD, MS, discusses the different mechanisms of renal dysfunction in heart failure and different approaches to addressing renal dysfunction.

Putting It Together: PHARMACOLOGY: Kevin D. O’Brien, MD, FAHA, addresses issues of polypharmacy and costs for patients.

Hidden Issues & Challenges in Managing Heart Failure Patients: Psychosocial Aspect of Care: Alice Chang, LICSW, CCTSW identifies psychosocial factors related to care planning and management of heart failure patients.

Depression in Heart Failure: Part 1: Jean Tang, PhD, PMHNP-BC, APRN, describes shared symptoms between depression and heart failure. Dr. Tang also discusses ways to recognize risk factors for comorbid depression and heart failure.

Aldosterone Receptor Inhibitors: Effective and Forgotten: Todd Dardas, MD, MS talks about the effectiveness of Aldosterone Receptor Inhibitors and how to identify potential complications and adverse effects of Aldosterone Receptor Blockade.

Clinical Applications of Beta Blocker Therapy: Claudius Mahr, FACC, FESC, outlines clinical applications of beta blocker therapy and discusses drug selection and heart failure risk stratification.

Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors: Todd Dardas, MD, MS, explains how to identify Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors for use in Stage B-D heart failure.

Diuretics and Decongestion: Kevin Douglas O'Brein, MD, FAHA, describes why patients with heart failure can have large differences in central venous pressure (CVP) and pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP).

Staging and Prognosis of Heart Failure: Jennifer Beckman, MSN, ARNP, CHFN, describes the stages of heart failure and how to identify advanced heart failure patients and when to refer for advanced treatment options.

Heart Failure: Identifying the Syndrome and Burden of Disease: Todd Dardas, MD, MS, defines factors that contribute to the prevalence of heart failure, identifies modifiable risk factors that are most responsible for reducing prevalence of heart failure.

Left Ventricular Assist Devices: When to Consider and What to Expect?: Claudius Mahr, FACC, FESC, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Cardiac Surgery at UW Regional Heart Center leads a panel discussion on when to consider the use of an LVAD and what to expect.

Internal Cardioverter Defibrillators: Issues of Over and Under Utilization : Todd Dardas, MD, MS, an attending physician in heart failure transplant cardiology at the University of Washington Medical Center, discusses the role of symptoms in ICD implant determination.

Detecting and Evaluating Cognitive Impairment in Heart Failure Patients: Tatiana Sadak, PhD, PMHNP, ARNP, Associate Professor of Geriatric Mental Health at the Nursing University of Washington School of Nursing, describes the prevalence and patterns of cognitive impairment in heart failure patients.

Preventing Heart Failure Admissions: Invasive Hemodynamic Monitoring : Gregory Wood, MD, MS, reviews the indications for CardioMEMS implantation, the basic principles for medication adjustment when managing a patient by PA pressure and describes the phases of management of a CardioMEMS patient.

Patient Reported Outcome Measures Implications for Engaging Patients: Danielle Lavallee, PharmD, PhD discusses patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and itdentifies callenges and future opportunities for PRO implementation in clinical settings.

Approach to Atrial Fibrillation in Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction: Jordan Prutkin, MD, MHS, covers assessing the impact of AF on heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, the application of anticoagulation management and identifying when to use rate and rhythm management options.

Adherence and Medications to Avoid in Heart Failure: Jennifer Beckman, MSN, ARNP, CHFN, discusses general principles related to medication avoidance and adherence specific to the heart failure population.

ISHLT 2017 Annual Meeting: Updates on VADs: Shin Lin, MD, PhD gives an overview on the two basic types of left ventricular assist devices (LVAD).

Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy: How Does It Work and For Whom?: Nazem Akoum, MD, gives a lecture on how the electrical mechanical association works in within the heart.

Intersections of Palliative Care and Advanced Heart Failure: James Fausto, MD, FAAHPM explains palliative care in end stage heart failure and reviews treatment options of Dyspnea.

Diastolic Heart Failure: Review and State-of-the-Art: Todd Dardas, MD, MS discusses Diastolic Heart Failure.

Update in Therapies for Structural Heart Disease: Mark Reisman, MD, discusses recent trials in structural heart that have defined current therapies.

Integrating Mitral Valve Interventions Into Heart Failure Treatment - Why COAPT Changes How We Approach a ‘Ventricular’ Problem: Don Creighton, MD, presents on functional and secondary mitral regurgitation and how it affects approach to treating heart failure.

Bioprostheses Durability vs. Treatability: Considerations in Valve Replacement: Danny Dvir, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Division of Cardiology, University of Washington School of Medicine, specializes in valve-in-valve replacement therapy.

Intracardiac Devices for Stroke Prevention: The Heart Brain Team: The heart and brain might be more inline than commonly thought and collaborations between cardiologist and neurologist can lead to better treatment and outcomes for patients.

Left Atrial Appendage Closure for Atrial Fibrillation: The End of Warfarin?: Creighton Don, MD discusses the use of LAAC for Stroke reduction.


An Atomic View of the Trigger for the Heartbeat: Structural studies of sodium channels are disclosing details about how they power heartbeats and respond to heart rhythm drugs.

Heart Repair Using Stem Cells: Use of stem-cell derived epicardium has been shown in an animal model to augment the structure and function of engineered heart muscle tissue.

Changing The Future of Cardiac Arrest: A total of more than $14 million will be spread across 4 different research sites across the nation, analyzing arrhythmias and sudden cardiac arrest. One of those sites? None other than University of Washington.

Brain Bleed Risk Puts Safety of Low-Dose Aspirin in Doubt: Researchers said the findings support a recent change to guidelines on low-dose aspirin: The blood thinner should now be reserved for people at high risk of heart attack or stroke.

Data Suggests Thousands of Heart Patients Can Avert Surgery: Implanting replacement aortic valves via catheter is as good as, or better than, surgery for low-risk patients, new studies show.

Ablation More Effective Than Meds For Heart-Rhythm Ailment: The landmark study of atrial fibrillation compared the catheter procedure with medication.

New Technique Cuts Pacemaker Infections: Globally, 1.7 million people have pacemakers of various types implanted. Infection, although rare, of these devices carries significant risk to patients. Using a new approach the infection rate was almost cut in half.

Sports Cardiology E-Academy: This free online resource provides important education and training for sports medicine physicians, cardiologists and other clinicians responsible for the cardiovascular care of athletes.

In Vitro Grafts Increase Blood Flow In Infarcted Rat Hearts: Stem-cell scientists show that petri dish-built matrices of vessels integrate well with existing heart tissue.

Region’s 1st Hepatitis C Heart-Transplant Recipient is Cured: UW Medicine is declaring success with the Pacific Northwest’s first heart-transplant recipient to purposely acquire the hepatitis C virus (HCV) from the donor organ and then have the disease eradicated by antiviral medication.

3D Printing Puts Hearts in Cardiologists' Hands: A study reflects that more patients than ever who need aortic-valve heart repair are doing so via a catheter instead of open surgery.

Cardiologists and Airline Pilots: Mark Nicholls of European Heart Journal speaks to Interventional Cardiologist Dr Bill Lombardi about what the profession can learn from the airline industry

Heart-Transplant Program Opens Access to Hep C-Positive Donors: UW Medicine patients can opt in for suitable donor hearts and must complete an 8- to 12-week postoperative drug regimen to clear the virus.

First of its Kind Trial at UW Medicine for Heart Failure: An experimental study at the University of Washington has already saved the life of a man during heart failure.

UW Medicine 1st in Northwest to Implant Test Heart Device: Appliance is designed to cinch the mitral valve so it closes fully, preventing backflow of blood that adds to heart-failure patients' fatigue.

UW Cardiologists named on Seattle Magazine's Top Doctors List: Congrats to Drs. Fishbein, Poole, Prutkin, and Yang for being named on Seattle Magazine's Top Doctors of 2018 list!

UW Medicine Cardiologists to Host U.S. Rep. Jayapal: U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Seattle) has introduced a bill in this session of Congress to increase research of heart health among South Asians, the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States and one whose risk of developing heart ...

Segment: Fetal Infections Lead to Heart Disease: Recent studies indicate that infants born prematurely have a higher risk of developing heart disease later in life. Now, researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle have shown that, in preterm animal models, ...

Picture-Perfect? Heart-Test Simulator Leaps Forward: A UW Medicine cardiologist has created a one-of-a-kind simulator that uses diagnostic imaging of patients' hearts instead of drawings.

Seattle organ donor’s heart beats anew in Alaskan woman: Man’s family meets recipient months after UW Medicine specialists performed transplant.

Device test may determine near future of aortic-valve repair: Since 2010, clinical trials have shown the effectiveness of a prosthetic valve that a cardiologist threads into the heart via a catheter and unfolds, like origami, against the wall of the original valve.

Racial gap seen in response to out-of-hospital cardiac arrests: CPR and defibrillation from bystanders is less likely in neighborhoods with predominantly black residents, leading to worse chance for survival.

Benefit shown in off-label use of catheter aortic-valve repair: Article discusses the benefit in off-label use of catheter aortic-valve repair.

Cardiac Team is First in World to Employ New Aortic Technique: A UW Medicine cardiologist has taken another step into the realm of heart surgeons in performing a first-in-the-world intentional cut via catheter to replace a patient’s failed artificial aortic valve.

UW Medicine Heart-Transplant Outcomes are Amongst Best in U.S.: Program at UW Medical Center is one of 8 nationally to achieve highest rating for quality patient care.

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic: The UW Medicine Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for adults with congenital heart diseases: We have over 3,000 ACHD patient visits a year in our clinic.

Advanced Heart failure, Transplant & Mechanical Circulatory Support Program: UW Medicine Heart Institute’s Advanced Heart Failure program provides comprehensive care that is unique among medical centers.

Atrial Fibrillation Consult Clinic Facts for Referring Providers: The UW Medicine Atrial Fibrillation Program offers a comprehensive and personalized approach to the evaluation and management of the individual patient with atrial fibrillation (AF).

Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic: The UW Medicine Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic is dedicated to the evaluation and management of patients with known or suspected inherited cardiovascular disorders.

The PARTNER 3 Trial - Facts for the Referring Provider: The PARTNER 3 trial is a national study determining the safety and effectiveness of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) using the Edwards SAPIEN 3 (3nd generation) device in the low risk for surgical aortic valve replacement (AVR) population.

Information for Regional Heart Center Referring Providers: The UW Medicine Regional Heart Center (RHC) provides a full range of cardiac care – from acute inpatient through ambulatory clinic and diagnostic care – at hospital and clinic locations around the region.

Meet the Specialist Team - Structural Heart Services: Our Heart Team leads the region in the treatment of structural heart disease.

Structural Heart Services - at UW Medicine Regional Heart Center: Structural heart disease encompasses conditions due to abnormalities of the heart’s structures, above and beyond coronary artery disease.

Meet the Specialist Team - Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Services at UW Medical Center: The UWMC Electrophysiology (EP) Service team provides the most state-of-the-art heart rhythm care for patients throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Services at UW Medical Center: The UW Electrophysiology Service (EP Service) has been dedicated to excellence in clinical care, advanced training, and research into innovative therapies for heart rhythm disorders.

Cardio-Oncology Clinic: The UW Medicine Regional Heart Center Cardio-Oncology Clinic provides care to patients in all stages of cancer treatment who have or are at increased risk for heart disease.

UW Medicine 1st to Deploy ‘Heart in a Box’ in U.S. Trial: Transplant recipient recovering well with heart that traveled in circulatory device


International Criteria for Electrocardiographic Interpretation in Athletes: Consensus Statement: This consensus statement represents an international consensus for ECG interpretation in athletes and provides expert opinion-based recommendations linking specific ECG abnormalities and the secondary evaluation for conditions associated with SCD.

Standardized Definition of Structural Valve Degeneration for Surgical and Transcatheter Bioprosthetic Aortic Valves. 2018 Jan 23

Early Transcatheter Aortic Valve Function With and Without Therapeutic Anticoagulation. 2017 Nov.

Use of Cardiac Computerized Tomography to Predict Neo-Left Ventricular Outflow Tract Obstruction Before Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement. 2017 Nov 4.

Overexpansion of the 29 mm SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve in patients with large aortic annuli (area >?683 mm2 ): A case series. 2017 Aug 24.

Development and Validation of a Scoring System for Predicting Periprocedural Complications During Percutaneous Coronary Interventions of Chronic Total Occlusions: The Prospective Global Registry for the Study of Chronic Total Occlusion Intervention (PROGRESS CTO) Complications Score. 2016 Oct 11.

Mitral valve-in-valve and valve-in-ring: technical aspects and procedural outcomes. 2016 Sep 18.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation Within Degenerated Aortic Surgical Bioprostheses: PARTNER 2 Valve-in-Valve Registry. 2017 May 9.

Cardiac Computed Tomography Angiography for Left Atrial Appendage Closure. 2015 Oct 9.

Trends and Outcomes of Off-label Use of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: Insights From the NCDR STS/ACC TVT Registry. 2017 Aug 1.

Use of antegrade dissection re-entry in coronary chronic total occlusion percutaneous coronary intervention in a contemporary multicenter registry. 2016 Apr 6.

Multivessel Revascularization in Shock and High-Risk Percutaneous Coronary Intervention. 2017 Jul.

Referral to Cardiac Rehabilitation After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery, and Valve Surgery: Data From the Clinical Outcomes Assessment Program. 2017 Jun.

The invisible scaffold…with invisible benefits? Krishnan SK, Dean LS. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2017 Jun 1.

Transapical Mitral Valve Replacement for Mixed Native Mitral Stenosis and Regurgitation. 2016 Aug.

Reversible thrombotic aortic valve restenosis after valve-in-valve transcatheter aortic valve replacement. 2016 May 14.

Hybrid Management of a Giant Left Main Coronary Artery Aneurysm. 2017 Jan.

Outflow Graft Obstruction Treated With Transcatheter Management: A Novel Therapy for a New Diagnosis. 2017 Jan.

Management of Patients With Cardiac Arrest Complicating Myocardial Infarction in New York Before and After Public Reporting Policy Changes. 2017 May.

Cardiovascular highlights from non-cardiology journals. McCabe JM. Heart. 2017 Apr.

Pass the Rock: calcium, the achilles heel of transcatheter valve replacement. 2017 Jan.

Impella 5.0 Fracture and Transcatheter Retrieval. 2016 Nov 23.

Transcatheter aortic valve repair for management of aortic insufficiency in patients supported with left ventricular assist devices. 2016 Aug 3.

Treatment and Outcomes of Acute Myocardial Infarction Complicated by Shock After Public Reporting Policy Changes in New York. 2016 Sep 1.

Surgical Versus Percutaneous Femoral Access for Delivery of Large-Bore Cardiovascular Devices (from the PARTNER Trial). 2016 May 15.

Impact of Calcium on Chronic Total Occlusion Percutaneous Coronary Interventions. 2017 Apr 13.

Update on the Management of Chronic Total Occlusions in Coronary Artery Disease. 2017 Apr.

Predictors of Excess Patient Radiation Exposure During Chronic Total Occlusion Coronary Intervention: Insights From a Contemporary Multicentre Registry. 2017 Apr.

Dollars and stents: A brave new world. 2017 May.

Fracking the Code to Complete Revascularization. 2016 Oct.

Relative prosthesis-patient mismatch after transcatheter aortic valve replacement: The impact of morbid obesity. 2016 Aug 27.

Fork in the road: Are all bifurcations created equal? 2016 Jun.

STAR in CTO PCI: When is STAR not a star? 2016 Apr.